• Foodies,  Other Writings

    Happy Birthday Julia!

    Julia Child would have been 100 today. For those of you who have read Minnesota Locavore from the beginning, you know that she holds a special place in my heart. I’ve written final term papers in college about her life and affinity for butter. She’s brought me back to the kitchen to “learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun.” Today I’ve had fun reading how she’s shaped and inspired other food writers around the web. (Google and the White House even joined in the celebration!) Bon Appetite everyone! Here are my earlier posts about all things Julia: Julia Child on Fresh Air Find it Local Friday:…

  • Foodies,  Other Writings

    Julia Child on Fresh Air

    Last night I was on my way home at 8:30, completely drained after a 10 hour work day and a 2 hour board meeting.  I had eaten lunch and dinner in the car, had been mulling all day about some major life decisions, and was oh-so ready for the long weekend.   As turned onto Highway 52 toward St. Paul, I flipped on NPR.  Who did I find to cheer me up? My adopted kitchen godmother Julia–chattering away about France and good food in a replay of a 1989 interview on Fresh Air: http://www.npr.org/2011/09/01/139793130/julia-child-on-france-fat-and-food-on-the-floor No, the 10 minute spot didn’t solve my tough questions, and it didn’t help me tackle…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    Find it Local Friday: Green Peas

    I have had a serious case of kitchen un-inspiration this week.  When you’re documenting food, the problem goes beyond just writer’s block.  You have to first motivate yourself to cook something, photograph something, write about this something, and then make it all appealing to someone else.  Any hiccup in the supply chain threatens the chances of worthwhile content.  This week, troubles fell mostly in the motivation to cook.  Meals this week were basic: cooked vegetables with a side of cooked vegetables.  Tasty, but no dramatic flair. But then I stumbled on a vegetables episode of Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. My adopted kitchen godmother steps in and solves the…

  • Books,  Cooking

    Channeling Julia Child

    I am finishing up my first draft for my Women in Leadership final exam and have decided to write about Julia Child. I’m reading My Life in France as well as a new collection of her correspondence with Avis DeVoto called As Always, Julia. Both books have helped me in the writing process and in realizing how much can be attained from studying the life of my favorite culinary legend. What Julia has taught me today: 1. Be patient. Julia’s greatest achievements came well into her 40’s which runs contrary to my anxiety that because I haven’t “found my calling” by my mid-twenties I have essentially failed. She was patient…